iPad iPad Air Battery Life Question (i.e., doesn't seem great)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JulesK, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. JulesK macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2002
    I just switched from iPad 3 to an Air. Although I definitely appreciate the lighter weight, battery life is worrisome. Regardless of what people say about the iPad 3, mine had amazing battery life. On standby, it just seemed to last forever (and should, given the size of the battery). I've had my Air for only a few days, but the battery went down 15% basically in standby, which is disappointing. My old iPad 3 would still be at 100% by comparison.

    This seems completely different from what others have been experiencing. Will the battery re-calibrate eventually, or does it need a very long initial charge to reach its maximum capacity?

    The other issues with the Air I can live with. The screen has one piece of dust under it, but you have to look for it to notice it. There is a slight yellowish bar on the far left, which seems fairly common, but I can live with that, too. I couldn't accept subpar battery life, however, and I'd rather return this and get a different unit if this is not normal.

    Many thanks in advance.
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Did you have any apps running in the background? If so, what were they?
    Is your iPad Air wifi only or cellular? How is the signal strength where you use the iPad the most?
  3. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2011
    Were you running iOS 7 on your iPad 3?

    iOS 7 has a lot of things going on by default, even in standby, so depending on your network connection, wifi signal, background app update settings, etc, you could see your battery life go down more quickly than expected.

    You also didn't say how long it took for the iPad to drop by 15%. Minutes, hours, days...?

    I'd first look at Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh and turning it off for apps you don't use or don't want updating in the background.

    Next, look at Settings -> General -> Usage and compare "Usage" to "Standby" at the bottom.

    For example, my battery is at 78% currently with 10h53m "usage" and 1d2h "Standby."

    Looking at these, and providing us with more info, may help all of us better understand if you have a problem or if it's just apps/settings.
  4. esskay macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Hmm, I've had to charge my iPad air about every other day. I thought it would last longer than that. I'll start watching the stats suggested here. I also looked and it appears background refresh is on for everything! So I'll start sifting through that to see how much that helps.
  5. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Yeah, start there. Anything refreshing in the background will be a killer. So is a super bright screen. See how you make out after optimizing things a bit.

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